Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.98%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.98%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.98%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ), which rose 5.38% or 15.0 points to trade at 294.0 at the close. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) added 2.54% or 160.0 points to end at 6460.0 and Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (T: 8729 ) was up 2.33% or 60.0 points to 2632.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which lost 4.35% or 106.0 points to trade at 2331.0 in late trade. Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ) declined 3.89% or 14.0 points to end at 346.0 and Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) shed 3.80% or 35.0 points to 886.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2636 to 959 and 196 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.26.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 1.60% or 0.91 to $55.83 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 1.31% or 0.83 to hit $62.38 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.08% or 1.25 to trade at $1555.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.22% to 109.58, while EUR/JPY fell 0.23% to 121.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 97.300.

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